Education

Adventures in Learning

Students create and teach short after-school enrichment courses to local elementary students.  Adventures in Learning runs for 4-5 weeks during Winter Study, with each class session meeting 4 times.  Subjects range widely, including topics in fields such as dance, mythology, languages, cooking, etc.  For more information, visit http://adventuresinlearning.williams.edu or contact Cecilia Hirsch ([email protected]).

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Asian American Students in Action (AASiA)

Student Leaders: Qiyuan Hu ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Angela Wu Meeting Time/Place: Wednesdays at Paresky AASiA is a political, social, and cultural affinity group for Asians, Asian Americans, and allies. AASiA provides events programming, spaces, and organized meetings to discuss issues related to Asian and Asian American identity. Facebook Page

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Association for Women in Mathematics

Student Leaders: Kiran Kumar ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Chad Topaz Meeting Time/Place: Wednesday 6 PM at Driscoll We create a communicate for women and other underrepresented identities in the Math/Stat department. We have weekly dinners and the officers of the club meet once a week to discuss planning events and initiatives. We also liaise and advise the Math/Stat department

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Berkshire Arts & Technology (BART) Charter School Tutoring

BART Charter School‘s innovative afterschool program in Adams needs Williams students to tutor middle and high school students in Math or Language Arts.  Tutoring takes place on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays, from 3:00-4:30pm or 3:00-6:00pm (total time including travel).  Transportation assistance will be provided if needed, with a preference for students to have their own vehicles

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Berkshire Doula Project

Student Leaders: Claudia Forrester ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Kim Gutschow Meeting Time/Place: Wednesday evenings in Wood House The Berkshire Doula Project is a reproductive justice group that provides physical, informational, and emotional support to people with uteruses going through reproductive experiences. We are a student-run organization that also includes community members, and we provide full-spectrum care mostly for people

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Berkshire Humane Society

Berkshire Humane Society is a private, nonprofit, open-admission animal support organization with a twofold mission: 1. to ensure the compassionate care, treatment, and whenever possible, placement of homeless animals through the shelter operation, and 2. to promote and improve the welfare of all animals through community education and outreach Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/berkshire-humane-society

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Big Brothers and Big Sisters

A part of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program, this Williamstown Elementary program pairs children in grades kindergarten through six with a Big Brother or Big Sister from Williams to provide the younger students with unique, self-esteem building, one-to-one relationships.  Typically, children get together with their Big Sibs once a week for several hours and

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Black STEM Association

Student Leaders: Charles Laurore ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Christopher Goh Meeting Time/Place: Once per month in Thompson Chemistry Laboratory The Black STEM Student Association (BSTEM) aims to create a safe and supportive space in which Black and other underrepresented students in the sciences are encouraged to continue their studies in the STEM fields and can freely and directly speak

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Black Student Union

Student Leaders: Negasi Haskins ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: James Manigault Bryant Meeting Time/Place: Sundays 2 PM in Rice House (subject to change) The Williams Black Student Union shall provide a local mechanism through which Black-identifying and allied students can find academic, emotional, and social support by providing: a forum which all students can articulate solutions to concerns; a

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Brayton Elementary After School Tutoring

Student Leaders: Christine Tanna ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Molly Polk Meeting Time/Place: Monday-Friday at Brayton and Colgrove Elementary Each semester, Williams students have the opportunity to serve as tutors and mentors to K-7th grade students at the Brayton Afterschool Program in North Adams. Williams volunteers work closely with teachers to improve literacy, as well as inspiring a general

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Break Out Trips

In 2013-2014, the Chaplains’ Office and Center for Learning in Action began coordinating funding and advising for Break Out Trips over spring break that involve projects in and beyond the Berkshires region.  A general interest survey, detailed advice, guidelines, timetable, a Proposal Form, Budget Calculator, and additional resources are available at learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/bot.

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Chinese American Students Organization

Student Leaders: Brenda Xu ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Angela Wu Meeting Time/Place: Mondays 6 PM in Paresky 114 The Chinese American Student Organization (CASO) aims to bring a sense of awareness of Chinese culture to the Williams College community. This involves events for students and faculty that reflect the most important aspects of the culture, as deemed appropriate by

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Circle of Women

Student Leaders: Julianna Kostas ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Magnus Bernhardsoon Meeting Time/Place: Weekly in Paresky Circle of Women at Williams College is a chapter of an international non-profit organization, whose aim is to empower young women worldwide through education. To do so, our group frequently fundraises to make sustainable projects (e.g. building classrooms in Orkeeswa Village, Tanzania or

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Class of 1959 Teach New York Winter Study Program

This Winter Study course features a 2-3 week teaching practicum in a resource-challenged New York City public or charter school (2013 Course Enrollment: 12). Contact Tracy Finnegan, [email protected] and visit learning-in-action.williams.edu/courses-teaching/teach-in-new-york-city.

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CLiA Community Outreach Associate

Help CLiA build community engagement at Williams by serving as one of our academic year Outreach Associates.  Outreach Associates work on event and program organization, preparation and promotion.  They also help with program logistics, reflection and revision in an area or on an issue of special interest. Additional Information & Application: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/clia-community-outreach-associate/

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CLiA Community Outreach Summer Internship

The Center for Learning in Action (CLiA) is looking for a summer intern to help build better community service and experiential learning opportunities at Williams.  This 8-week, 35-hour/week position reports to the CLiA Director and is open to rising Sophomores and Juniors. Additional Information & Application: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/community-outreach-summer-internship  

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CLiA Office Assistant

The Center for Learning in Action hires students to assist in various aspects of our office and program operations during the academic year. Additional Information & Application: http://learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/clia-office-assistant

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Coalition for Immigrant Student Advancement

Student Leaders: Marcone Correia ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Dean Reyes Meeting Time/Place: Wednesdays in Zilkha Center The Coalition aims to achieve administrative progress and create a campus consciousness around immigrant issues. We hope to improve college policies to better address the needs of immigrant and mixed-status family students. We also want to foster a richer campus dialogue and

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Divest Williams

Student Leaders: Isabelle Furman ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Shanti Singham Meeting Time/Place: Wednesdays 9 PM in Zilkha Center Divest Williams seeks to build and foster a movement around divestment of the college’s endowment from fossil fuels; in this work, we aim also to undermine the entire extractive economy. Through this work, we strive to educate the community and

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Effective Altruism

Student Leaders: Vincent Gudenus ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sarah Jacobson Meeting Time/Place: Fridays 6PM in Paresky EA @ Williams aims to build a community of “effective altruists” — people who apply strategy and creativity to maximize their positive impact on the world — at Williams College. By serving as a forum to discuss effective giving, ethical career choice,

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Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts

Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts (GSCWM) impacts over 12,000 girls and supports over 5,000 adult members in Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Worcester and a portion of Middlesex counties. In Girl Scouts, we believe every girl can become a leader. Membership in Girl Scouts is open to girls in grades K-12; women and men over 18

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Great Ideas Committee

Student Leaders: Luke Baumann ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: College Council Suite, time according to members’ schedule The Great Ideas Committee solicits ideas from the community to improve student life at Williams. These ideas can be conveniences (such as installing water fountains or buying chargers for the library), policy changes, improved communication systems, or anything else, though the

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High School Outreach

The Williams Center at Mt. Greylock, a partnership between Mt. Greylock Middle and High School and Williams, provides volunteer, work study and course fieldwork opportunities in and outside the school’s curriculum in the areas of homework help, writing, special skills, math, science, foreign languages, technology and the arts.  For more information and current opportunities, visit learning-in-action.williams.edu/high-school-outreach.

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Kinetic

Student Leaders: Zachary Brand ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Jessica Bernheim The purpose of Kinetic is to cultivate a social innovation incubator committed to designing and implementing creative, non-political, sustainable, scalable solutions to pressing social issues in the Berkshire region. Kinetic teams, which are comprised of 4-8 Kinetic members, work on a particular issue in three distinct phases:

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Leaders Working

Student Leaders: Eduard Ciobanu ([email protected]), Justin Edwards ([email protected]), Anand Hemmady ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Gail Newman ([email protected]) Leaders Working is a Williams College extracurricular organization dedicated to helping low-income high-achieving high school juniors and seniors of primarily underrepresented minorities gain access to higher education through a cohesive mentoring program. Leaders Working Website  

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Masculinity, Accountability, Sexual violence, and Consent

Student Leaders: Benjamin Metrikin ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Angela Wu Meeting Time/Place: Mondays 8:30 PM in Paresky 112 MASC (Masculinity, Accountability, Sexual violence, and Consent) is a group that seeks to fight sexual assault at Williams through prevention-based work. We hold weekly discussion meetings about toxic masculinity and other risk factors for sexual violence. We also hold outreach

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Math Riddles

Many students find math dry in high school and junior high school. The purpose of the webpage is to help students and teachers see that math can be fun, interesting and applicable. In addition to the riddles, there is a student/teacher corner where detailed explanations are given, not just of how to solve the problem,

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Mohawk Forest Mentoring Program

Student Leaders: Julia Yarak ’18 ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini Meeting Time/Place: Monday-Friday 3-5 PM The Mohawk Forest program takes Williams students most weekday afternoons (3-5pm) to Mohawk Forest, an affordable housing community in North Adams. At the Mohawk Forest Community Center, we help children on their homework, play games, make crafts, and serve as mentors for the kids.

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Moo-Mami

Student Leaders: Jacob Sperber ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Elayne Elliot Meeting Time/Place: Zilkha Center Moo-Mami is a cooking club that holds weekly cooking workshops focused on teaching how to make sustainable and healthy meals. Club members have the opportunity to sign up for workshops where they will learn how to make dishes under the guidance of club instructors.

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MS Support Foundation

The MS Support Foundation provides education, support and resources for those individuals affected by Multiple Sclerosis as well as families and healthcare providers who are dedicated to improving the lives of those afflicted. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/ms-support-foundation/

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Muslim Student Union

Student Leaders: Omar Kawam ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sharif Rosen Meeting Time/Place: Interfaith Common Room, biweekly Muslim Students Union seeks not only to help campus Muslims with their spiritual needs, but also to promote an open community where both Muslims and non-Muslims can come together to engage with Islam. Muslim Students Union hopes to serve its members by

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No Lost Generation

Student Leaders: Emma Lezberg ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Colin Ovitsky Meeting Time/Place: Weekly in Zilkha Center No Lost Generation – Williams College (NLG) is the campus chapter of a national group tasked by the U.S. State Department to support those affected by the ongoing global refugee crisis and ensure that this generation of displaced youth is not lost.

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Pittsfield Prevention Partnership / Berkshire United Way

The Pittsfield Prevention Partnership unites the community in order to produce positive youth development by reducing youth substance abuse rates in Pittsfield. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/pittsfield-prevention-partnership-berkshire-united-way

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Postive Pathways Partnership (P3)

This partnership with the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Office, begun in 2015, supports educational access for those formerly or currently incarcerated in the Berkshire County House of Correction (BCHOC). In fall 2016, when several Williams students attended an orientation and tour of the facility in Pittsfield, some were taken aback by the new environment they had

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Pownal Pen Pals

Student Leaders: Jessica Munoz ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini Members of Pownal Pen Pals exchange letters with students of Pownal Elementary School about once a month. Pen pals learn about each other throughout the year and Pownal students develop their writing skills. In addition, we intend to bring Pownal students to the Williams College campus in order

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QuestBridge

Student Leaders: Huy Nguyen ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Rosanna Reyes Meeting Time/Place: Hollander 101 The QuestBridge Chapter holds events for low-income students (QuestBridge Scholars), including community service, QuestBridge engagement with local high schools, QuestBridge-mandated events, and monthly dinners.

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Ritmo Latino

Student Leaders: Alberta (Betty) Annan-Noonoo ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Ben Lamb Meeting Time/Place: Wed/Fri 7-9 PM, Sun 11 AM-1 PM Ritmo Latino is a student-run dance group that provides a space for students to learn and hone their Latin dance skills as well as dance performance and choreography skills in a supportive group setting. We hold at least 2

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Rules Change Project

The Rules Change Project is an initiative to support action ideas for capitalism and the common good.  America is not working for all of us. The Rules Change Project is an open coalition to spotlight, amplify and educate the public about existing efforts to foster economic “rules change.” It is an informal, non-partisan collaboration of

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Sexual Wellness Advocacy Network (SWAN)

Student Leaders: Darice Caldwell ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Donna Denelli-Hess ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Thursdays at 7PM, Griffin 1 SWAN strives to introduce topics of consent and healthy relationships to local middle school and high school students. The group does this through workshops with students as well as through creating relationships with administrators and teachers to create consent-promoting initiatives.

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Sisterhood

Student Leaders: Yaznairy Cabrera ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Rashanda Booker Meeting Time/Place: Thursdays at 5 PM in Jenness Sisterhood is a women’s empowernment group and support network catered to black women. We offer professional development, community, and a general safe space for black identifying women. We offer workshops, an annual retreat, community service opportunities and lively weekly discussions.

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Sixth Grade College Visit

In this Berkshire Compact for Education sponsored program, Williams students help host 200-400 Berkshire County public and charter school 6th graders in an annual campus visit designed to encourage students to attend college.  Science, art and athletic activities are featured.  Contact Tracy Finnegan, [email protected]

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Storyboard

Student Leaders: Marissa Shapiro ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Rick Spalding Meeting Time/Place: Tuesdays at 9 PM in Paresky 114; Storytime: Sundays at 9 PM in Upstairs Paresky Storyboard organizes the weekly Storytimes and monthly Super Storytimes. We also run the First Days and Senior Week Storytimes.

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Students for Education Reform

Student Leader: James Sawyers ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Shawna Patterson-Stephens Meeting Time/Place: Weekly, Paresky 207 Student’s for Education Reform is an organization that is committed to improving the state of education in the United States. We advocate at the state, local, and national levels, pushing for positive legislative change and raising awareness for important educational issues. At

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Students for Justice in Palestine

Student Leaders: Amina Awad ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Angela Wu Meeting Time/Place: Tuesdays in Davis Center SJP is a diverse group of Students, faculty, staff and community members at williams College. Out group is organized according to democratic principles in order to promote justice, human rights, liberation, and self-determination for the Palestinian People. As an advocacy group we are

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The Alhambra Consulting Group

Student Leaders: Nikhil Palanki ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini Meeting Time/Place: Weekly The Alhambra Consulting Group (ACG) is Williams College’s first-ever student-run consulting group that maintains relationships with businesses, non-profits, and political groups in Berkshire County and outside and provides organizational advice, economic consulting, data analytics, and a suite of management consulting strategies. Alhambra’s primary focus is to

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The Mount

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the literary, artistic, and humanitarian legacies of Edith Wharton. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/the-mount

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The Nutrition Center

The Nutrition Center‘s mission is to inspire a healthy relationship with food through counseling, nutrition, and culinary education. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/the-nutrition-center  

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The Society of the Griffins

Student Leaders: Jaelon Moaney ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Laye Samoura Meeting Time/Place: Sunday 1:30 PM, Jenness House The Society of the Griffins is a student organization that establishes equitable pathways to success for young men of color at Williams College. We support young men of color in the Berkshire community through literary clubs, workshops, professional development and networks. The

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thinkFOOD

Student Leaders: Nicholas Gardner ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Mike Evans Meeting Time/Place: Tuesdays 8 PM in Zilkha Center At Williams, members of thinkFOOD work in student groups and dining committees to make the food Williams eats more environmentally and socially sustainable. We’ve worked with our primary food purveyors and worked to write Williams Dining’s sustainable and responsible purchasing

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Timberlawn Elementary School

The mission of Timberlawn Elementary School is to teach and learn with purpose, passion, and perseverance. We will achieve our mission by working together to ensure that every Timberlawn Bulldog excels academically, socially and emotionally.  Students recite the Timberlawn Mission Statement at the beginning of each school day. Timberlawn Elementary School is one of 38

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Turner House

Residence for 10 homeless veterans.  Program is a case management model working toward helping vets overcome what caused homelessness so that they can live independently after graduation. Additional Information & Current Opportunities: learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/turner-house/

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Williams Animal Awareness Group

Student Leaders: Jessica Munoz ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Paula Consolini Meeting Time/Place: TBD The goals of this club are to help animals in need within the community, and to be better informed about issues concerning animals in the Berkshire County, in Massachusetts, and in the world. We hope to volunteer at the Berkshire Humane Society, and help organize the

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Williams College Children’s Center

We join with families in a community where children’s ideas and the wonder of childhood inspire our common learning. We offer safe, nurturing care that supports play, learning, and the work of children while recognizing the strengths, diversity, and uniqueness of all who learn and teach here. Our teachers foster multiple ways of learning and

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Williams College Democrats

Student Leaders: Benjamin Williams ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: James Mahon Meeting Time/Place: Thursdays at 9:15 PM in Paresky 112 The purpose of our organization is to give Williams students and members of the community a platform through which they can discuss and advance their political views. We hope to learn from one another in order to further our political

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Williams College Feminist Collective

Student Leaders: Rachel Jones ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Angela Wu Meeting Time/Place: Wednesdays at 6 PM The Williams College Feminist Collective strives to create a forum for intersectional feminist issues, both in the context of Williams and the outside community. By creating an inclusive and productive space we hope to question dominant social structures and challenge the status quo.

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Williams Elementary Outreach

Paid and volunteer work teaching hands-on science lessons and tutoring reading and math in local elementary schools. Teaching for course credit is also possible.  Over 250 students participated in this work in 2014-2015.  For more information and current opportunities, visit learning-in-action.williams.edu/elementary-outreach.

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Williams Environmental Council

Student Leaders: Marshall Borrus ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Sarah Gardner Meeting Time/Place: Tuesdays at 9 PM in the Zilkha Center The Williams Environmental Council works to make the campus and student body more environmentally friendly and conscious through events and campaigns targeting specific environmental issues we’re facing as a community. Particular problems that have been addressed include waste from

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Williams Insight

Student Leaders: Michael Rury ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Kenneth Kuttner Meeting Time/Place: Thursdays in upstairs Paresky, biweekly Williams Insight is a financial publication in which interested students can submit and publish their views on various macroeconomic and microeconomic financial matters. The publication is in the format of a blog that sends out newsletters. We also work to produce an

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Williams Outing Club

Student Leaders: Faculty/Staff Adviser: Scott Lewis ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: Trips and events occur throughout the semester WOC offers a wide variety of events, trips, and activities throughout the year, including regular sunrise hikes, polar bear swims, campouts, indoor climbing, and PE classes as well as many longer trips and other activities. Special events every year include Mountain

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Williams Secular Community

Student Leaders: Coly Elhai ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: Colin Adams Meeting Time/Place: Tuesday evenings in Driscoll We aim to build an inclusive community of agnostics, atheists, and all skeptics to socialize and connect through weekly discussions and other social and service events.

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Williams Speaks

Student Leaders: Ananya Mayukha ([email protected]), Wilfred Lee ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: N/A Meeting Time/Place: TBD Williams Speaks matches each Williams student with a teacher and classroom at a local elementary school. As part of this organization, Williams students provide weekly lessons in public speaking to these kids, starting with simple and creative games and progressing to bigger projects.

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Williamstown Community Preschool

Williamstown Community Preschool serves the needs of toddler, preschool, and school-age children and their families. From age 15 months to 12 years, children find a safe, caring environment at WCP where they can grow, learn, and thrive. WCP offers a rich, developmentally appropriate learning environment that focuses on child-centered, child-directed activities. The WCP staff seeks to create opportunities

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WISHES

Student Leaders: Louis Gilbert-Bono ([email protected]), Duncan Cummings ([email protected]) Faculty/Staff Adviser: George McCormack ([email protected]) Meeting Time/Place: 2 days weekly, Williamstown Elementary WISHES (Williams Initiative for Student Health in Elementary Schools) is a group of Williams students who teach a health and nutrition class to the Williamstown Elementary School fifth grade classes. We teach one class per

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